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He Asked, I Answered (ECF Vol. 3): On a Nutty Game Two, Lightning Adjustments, Super Seguin and More

Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As.

In this morning’s installment, I give my take on what the Lightning will do to rebound from game two’s disappointment, what went wrong in that - well, whatever that was - and wonder along with Matt if the Bolts should even bother getting after it in game three, what with the invincible “Super” Tyler Seguin now at Boston’s disposal. (Refreshing, it is, to pair with a fellow writer whose “snark” level is in the same ballpark as mine!)


MK: Well, it looks like the score is James Bond 1, Dr. Evil Guy Boucher 1. In the movies, once Bond foils the sinister plot, the story ends. But Boucher and the Lightning get a real-life opportunity to get back at it, and on home ice. So what does the mastermind have in store? What adjustments will be made? Could we see any sort of a lineup change?

JJ: The focus – and perhaps the singular focus – will be on returning to the structure of their system for the Lightning, who were as freewheelin’ as you’ll ever see them in game two, a recipe that helps make for an exciting game maybe, as we saw last night, but not so much for a Tampa Bay win. In November, the Bolts actually managed an 8-7 victory in Philadelphia over the Flyers but Boucher was none too pleased, despite the two points. Last night, had the Lightning prevailed, you still wouldn’t have seen a happy head coach afterwards. About 99% of that first period, in particular, was unacceptable, as compared to what has brought Tampa Bay its biggest successes this season.

I don’t expect anything to be pulled from any bag of tricks. Instead, the Bolts will dance with the girl that brought ‘em – and hope their two-step turns out better than Boston’s in game three. I also wouldn’t expect anything in the way of a lineup change, as there isn’t exactly a murderer’s row of impact players at Tampa’s disposal among the Black Aces bunch.

For the rest of the latest go-round between Matt and I, jump over to TheBruinsBlog.net.


More from me later… And tune in to SiriusXM NHL Home Ice pregame, where I’ll preview tonight’s tilt early in the 7:00 hour and, throughout tonight’s game, you can catch my quick hits live from the St. Pete Times Forum on Playoff Game Night over on TSN Radio.

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